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Result: Mayo 0-7 Dublin 0-9

A contrasting start to the 2016 Allianz football league for Dublin and Mayo last weekend. On Saturday night, Dublin were worthy winners by 2-14 to 0-14 against Kerry in Croke Park. On Sunday afternoon, Mayo travelled to Páirc Uí Rinn and were summarily dismissed by 1-18 to 0-12 by Cork.

Will life get better for Mayo tonight or will Dublin heap more misery upon them? It’s a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland senior football semi-final two-game saga.

Throw-in at Elverys MacHale Park is 7pm for this round 2 fixture.

And here’s the Mayo team named to start:

1. Robbie Hennelly (Breaffy)

2. Brendan Harrison (Aghamore)
3. Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites)
4. Caolan Crowe (Garrymore)

5. Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe)
6. Colm Boyle (Davitts)
7. Shane Nally (Garrymore)

8. Tom Parsons (Charlestown)
9. Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber)

10. Conor O’Shea (Breaffy)
11. Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy, Captain)
12. Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber)

13. Evan Regan (Ballina Stephenites)
14. Jason Doherty (Burrishoole)
15. Mikey Sweeney (Kiltane)

Here’s how Dublin are named to start:

Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)

Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)
Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
David Byrne (Naomh Olaf)

James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
John Small (Ballymun Kickhams)
Davey Byrne (Ballymun Kickhams)

Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
Denis Bastick (Templeogue Synge St)

Tomás Brady (Na Fianna)
Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincent’s)
Ciaran Kilkenny (Castleknock)

Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s)
Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)
Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)

Aidan O’Shea arrives for the game Aidan O'Shea and his Mayo teammates arrive before the game. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO

One late Mayo change, Michael Hall in to defence for Jason Gibbons.

Two late Dublin changes. Emmet O Conghaile and Philly McMahon in for Davey Byrne and Cian O’Sullivan.

Black card for Philly McMahon!

Game on in Castlebar.

We’ll also be keeping an eye on tonight’s Division 2 games.

Mayo 0-1 Dublin 0-0
5 mins – Just a single point on the board so far and that’s from Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor.

Jack McCaffrey is in for Dublin.

Bad, bad miss by Jason Doherty from a free for Mayo. Spurns a chance to push them ahead.

Mayo 0-1 Dublin 0-1
18 mins – Still only a single point apiece registered by either side, O’Connor for Mayo and Rock for Dublin. Pretty low scoring so far which is likely to please Mayo given how understrength they are and how poor they played last Sunday.

Dublin 0-2 Mayo 0-1
19 mins – Ah that’s just class by Diarmuid Connolly. Aidan O’Shea loses the ball and Connolly makes Mayo pay with a super point.

Mayo 0-2 Dublin 0-2
22 mins – Half a goal chance for Mayo for Evan Regan but he ends up with a point.

Division 2 latest:
Armagh 0-4 Laois 1-3
Cavan 0-2 Derry 0-4

Emmet O'Conghaile and Ger Cafferkey Dublin's Emmet Ó Conghaile tries to shield the ball from Mayo's Tom Parsons. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO

Mayo 0-3 Dublin 0-2
24 mins – The conditions are desperate in Castlebar but goalkeeper Robert Hennelly is undeterred and he splits the posts.

Mayo 0-3 Dublin 0-3
25 mins – Dublin are dragged level thanks to a point from an unlikely source in Denis Bastick.

Dean Rock knocks over a free for Dublin just before the break, much to the approval of the Dublin fans in Castlebar. Jim Gavin’s side have a one-point lead at the interval but the home fans will be happy with their lot considering the wariness at which they welcomed the All-Ireland champions on the back of last Sunday’s hiding against Cork.

Conditions aren’t great for football but the slight advantage at the midway mark is with Dublin.

Second-half is underway.

Jason Gibbons on for Mayo for Tom Parsons while Dublin have brought on Shane Carthy for Denis Bastick at the break.

Aidan O’Shea and Emmet O'Conghaile Aidan O'Shea has Emmet Ó Conghaile for company as he tries to grab the ball in Castlebar Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO

Michael Fitzsimons and Jason Doherty Mayo attacker Jason Doherty isn't going to let Dublin defender Michael Fitzsimons escape too easily. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO

Evan Regan has a chance to bring Mayo level from a free but he can’t find his range. Coupled with Jason Doherty’s miss in the first-half from a placed ball, these are reminders of how valuable Cillian O’Connor is to this Mayo side. The problem is injury will see him out for much of this league campaign.

Mayo 0-4 Dublin 0-4
41 mins – So we quibble about Mayo’s placed kicking but at least they can score from play. Diarmuid O’Connor weighs in on this occasion, it’s a great score and it brings the sides level.

Dublin 0-6 Mayo 0-4
46 mins – Dublin starting to turn the screw? They’ve bagged two points in a row. The first was a super free against the wind from Dean Rock, the second as a result of a trademark gallop upfield from James McCarthy.

Division 2 FL Latest:
Armagh 0-7 Laois 1-10
Cavan 0-6 Derry 1-6

Dublin 0-7 Mayo 0-4
47 mins – Another free by Rock and Dublin’s lead is stretched to three.

Sub: Ciaran Reddin (St Maur’s) on for Dublin for Tomas Brady – 47 mins.

Sub: David Drake (Ballaghaderreen) on for Donal Vaughan on the Mayo side – 50 mins.

Ciaran Kilkenny and Ger Cafferkey Ciaran Kilkenny on the move for Dublin with Ger Cafferkey keeping a close watch in the Mayo defence. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO

Big talking point there. The home fans aren’t happy with a free being awarded against Aidan O’Shea, who was surrounded by a bunch of Dublin players as he gathered close to goal. They felt it should have been a free in for the Breaffy man.

Dublin 0-7 Mayo 0-5
53 mins – Mayo cut the deficit they face with Evan Regan slotting a free after a foul by Emmet O Conghaile.

Dublin 0-8 Mayo 0-5
65 mins – Dublin are just able to keep Mayo at bay. Cormac Costello, on for Paul Mannion, slots a point that nudges them ahead by three.

Mayo certainly making a decent fist of this. They were destroyed 2-18 to 0-10 by Dublin in Castlebar last March but despite fears amongst their home support of a repeat, there’s been no sign of another heavy loss.

Sub: 67 mins – Darren McHale on for Mayo for Conor O’Shea.

Dublin 0-8 Mayo 0-6
66 mins – Boom from Rob Hennelly again! The Mayo goalkeeper knocks over another ’45 to atone for a free miss a few moments ago. Two in it again.

Dublin 0-9 Mayo 0-7
71 mins – Evan Regan splits the posts with an impressive kick from a free for Mayo.

Sub: 72 mins – Shane McHale in for Mayo instead of Shane Nally.

Dublin 0-9 Mayo 0-6
70 mins – Is that the clincher? Great break forward by Johnny Cooper for Dublin and ultimately it’s Emmet Ó Conghaile who points.

Full-Time: Division 2
Big win for Laois by 1-13 to 0-15 against Armagh after the heavy defeat Laois had suffered last Sunday against Galway.

Sub: 71 mins – Dublin bring on Darren Daly after Cooper is shown a black card.

It’s getting feisty now all over the pitch, deep in injury-time.

Full-Time: Division 2
Derry grind out a 1-12 to 1-11 success over Cavan.

Colm Boyle and John Small both see the line.

Full-Time: Dublin 0-9 Mayo 0-7

Dublin dig out a two-point win, surviving a real fight from Mayo.

That’s all from us on a night when Dublin claim a second successive league win while Mayo suffer a second successive league loss.

About the author:

Fintan O'Toole

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